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[te-truh-sil-uh-buh l, te-truh-sil-]
  1. a word or line of verse of four syllables.
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Origin of tetrasyllable

First recorded in 1580–90; tetra- + syllable
Related formstet·ra·syl·lab·ic [te-truh-si-lab-ik] /ˌtɛ trə sɪˈlæb ɪk/, tet·ra·syl·lab·i·cal, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Tetrasyllable, tet′ra-sil-a-bl, n. a word of four syllables.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)


  • Each line ends with a trisyllable or a tetrasyllable, with dissyllabic rhyme running through the quatrain.

  • Tetrasyllable Verse: A verse of four syllables must have an accent on the third syllable.

    Legends, Tales and Poems

    Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

British Dictionary definitions for tetrasyllable


  1. a word of four syllables
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Derived Formstetrasyllabic (ˌtɛtrəsɪˈlæbɪk) or tetrasyllabical, adjective
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